Paul Simon : The Life
by Robert Hilburn
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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“There is no more tender mind, no more tender step, no more voice of Paul Simon, and there is no better man than Robert Hilburn to decipher the wiring of this hyperintellectbeautiful songs, can never be fully explained, but the great man on his way to find these songs surely canBono Through hits such as “The Sound of Silence”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “still Crazy After All these years” and “Graceland” Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for half a century about alienation, doubt, survival, and faith that have made him one of the most honored and beloved composers in the history of American pop musicYet Simon refused to talk about potential biographers and urged those close to him also to remain silentBut Simon not only agreed to speak to biographer Robert Hilburn for what amounted to over sixty hours, he also encouraged his family and friends to sit down for in-depth interviewsPaul Simon reveals the challenges and sacrifices of art at the highest levelHe also experienced a roller-coaster of life’s extreme highs and lowsWe have not only learned Paul relentlessly to achieve art, but also the subsequent struggles to protect art from distractions – glory, wealth, marriage, divorce, drugs, complacency, public rejection, self-doubt – which often derailed pop stars and which he encounteredFrom dominating the charts with Art Garfunkel and a successful reinvention as a solo artist, to his multiple marriages and highly publicized Carrie Fisher’s second divorce, this book covers all aspects of this American iconWhen it comes to writing songs, no one does better than Paul Simon.Robert Hilburn is a wise and win account of our most agile, more nuanced, and numinous poet-musicianPaul Muldoon’A magnificent look in the spirit and writing process of the man who is without doubt the most beautiful
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